When we first met Lauren Conrad in 2004, she was a fresh-faced teenager starring in the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. She quickly became America’s Sweetheart to the millennial generation, the girl-next-door we could all look up to.
Conrad continued documenting her life in the Laguna Beach spinoff series The Hills for four and a half seasons. For six years, her life, career, and relationships played out on MTV and in the media, with the world weighing in on the various on and off-screen plot twists.
Since leaving reality television behind, Lauren Conrad worked toward starting a career in the fashion industry, which she pursued on The Hills. She’s launched successful brands and companies, written books, and started a family. Here’s everything to know about the MTV alum as the reality series she starred in debut on Netflix in fall 2022.
What is Lauren Conrad’s estimated net worth?
When you watch Laguna Beach, you’ll notice that most of the cast members grew up rich. Well, at least their parents had money. Lauren Conrad’s family lived in a gorgeous home in the coastal Southern California town, and after starring in the MTV shows, she made her own fortune.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lauren Conrad has an estimated net worth of about $40 million. Of course, the star made her money from starring in The Hills as well as building her empire as a fashion designer and author.
The Daily Beast reported that Conrad made an estimated $125,000 per episode on The Hills, and according to Glamour in 2019, Conrad’s LC Lauren Conrad line at Kohl’s accumulates about 42% of the company’s $19 billion annual sales. She certainly receives a piece of those proceeds.
How much money does Lauren Conrad make from social media?
According to a 2021 report from Top Dollar, Conrad made bank on Twitter from 95 sponsored tweets, which brought in an estimated income of $3 million. That figure easily earned the designer almost double than what the rest of the top 20 beauty influencers made from sponsored tweets.
Conrad has also partnered with brands like Hello Fresh and Planet Oat for endorsements on Instagram, which have brought income in addition to her own brands.
When Lauren Conrad was 23, she launched her popular Kohl’s line
While still working on The Hills, Conrad launched her first clothing line The Lauren Conrad Collection in 2008. In the fall of 2009, she partnered with Kohl’s for LC Lauren Conrad, which still remains a major brand for the retailer in 2022. Since its launch, Conrad has designed clothing, accessories, home products, swimwear, and more under the label.
As the line continued to gain success, Conrad now also designs children’s clothing with her The Little Co. line for Kohl’s. She’s also branched out into cosmetics with Lauren Conrad Beauty and perfume with her first fragrance for Scent Beauty called LOVED.
Lauren Conrad is the most popular The Hills star on Instagram with almost 6 million followers
Because of her enduring presence as a natural influencer rather than a manufactured one, Conrad has built a strong following on social media. Those who have been following her since her days on MTV trust her to provide the best tips on fashion, beauty, and more. Conrad currently has 5.9 million Instagram followers, which makes her the most-followed star of The Hills, with Kristin Cavallari coming in second with 4.5 million followers.
After starring in The Hills, Lauren Conrad wrote nine books and created lifestyle brands
Following the first 10 episodes of The Hills season 5, Conrad left the series to pursue other career opportunities. Obviously, one of those opportunities was her Kohl’s brand, but she also wrote nine books, including six novels and three lifestyle guides. Here are all nine of Lauren Conrad’s books:
- L.A. Candy (2009)
- Sweet Little Lies (L.A. Candy #2) (2010)
- Sugar and Spice (L.A. Candy #3) (2010)
- Lauren Conrad Style (2010)
- The Fame Game (2012)
- Lauren Conrad Beauty (2012)
- Starstruck (The Fame Game #2) (2012)
- Infamous (The Fame Game #3) (2013)
- Lauren Conrad Celebrate (2016)
Lauren Conrad’s husband William Tell was a guitarist for the band Something Corporate
Conrad started dating former Something Corporate guitarist and vocalist William Tell in 2013. The couple were engaged in 2013 and married in September 2014. They have two sons together: William “Liam” James Tell, born in 2017, and Charles “Charlie” Wolf Tell, born in 2018. Tell graduated law school in 2014 and now works with Conrad on her businesses.
Make sure to watch Conrad in Laguna Beach, now on Netflix.